The Desai Foundation’s #PledgeYourPeriod was a Bloody Success!

#PledgeYourPeriod was a Bloody Success! Throughout the month of May 2019, the Desai Foundation organized its second #PledgeYourPeriod campaign, a fundraiser and awareness initiative focused around menstrual health hygiene. Participants from around the world ‘pledged’ their periods on social media either by uploading a video of themselves or posting an infographic calling attention to the stigma surrounding periods, denouncing the cultural taboos associated with menstruation, and advocating for the improvement of menstrual health awareness and resources for girls in India. The proceeds of the campaign were directed to the Desai Foundation’s Asani Sanitary Napkin Program, which trains women in rural […]

June is National Cat Adoption Month

We can’t believe 2019 is already halfway over! June is a special month for many reasons. It’s the start of summer, it’s Pride month, school is out, and of course… it’s National Cat Adoption Month! There are countless shelters across the country with cats looking for their forever homes. Check out these shelters that are located in all different parts of the country that are helping cats (and other animals!) find a family. St. Paul, MN— Feline Rescue St. Paul “Feline Rescue, Inc. is a Minnesota based no-kill companion cat rescue organization. Our founders established Feline Rescue in 1997 in Minneapolis, MN […]

Earth Day 2019-How it Started and How You Can Help

Monday, April 22 marks the internationally celebrated Earth Day. It is a time for all of us to come together to help our precious and fragile planet. There are a number of ways to recognize this day. Everyone is different, and we want to figure out the best way for you to celebrate. The first official Earth Day was in 1970, created by US Senator Gaylord Nelson. Nelson was devastated by the 1969 oil spill that occurred in Santa Barbara, CA.  He was inspired by college students anti-war movements and wanted to create a movement of his own pertaining to environmental protection. […]

The Power of Micro Giving

Individuals, estates, foundations and corporations contributed an estimated $390.05 billion to U.S. nonprofits in 2016.  In addition, the largest source of charitable giving in 2016 came from individuals at $281.86 billion, or 72% of total giving; followed by foundations ($58.28 billion/15%), bequests ($30.36 billion/8%), and corporations ($18.55 billion/5%).  It’s safe to say there is a lot of power in giving. We often talk about the power of the individual and you can’t ignore those numbers. While difficult to believe at times, each of us has the power and ability to make a difference. We get it, it’s easy to think […]

Nonprofit Spotlight: Autism Society of Minnesota

We love our nonprofit partners at DoTopia. After all, they are the reason we are here in the first place! This month, we are so excited to introduce you to the Autism Society of Minnesota. April is National Autism Awareness Month, so it is very fitting to be highlighting this amazing organization. Read on to learn more about the incredible work AuSM does and join us in supporting their mission. How did this organization get formed and what does it stand for? The Autism Society of Minnesota is Minnesota’s First Autism Resource ™ In 1971, a group of passionate parents […]

Today is #GivingTuesday 2018!

Today is #GivingTuesday, a national holiday that comes after Thanksgiving to encourage us to become the philanthropist we all are meant to be! The leftovers have been eaten, and we’re already looking towards the next holidays. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or just enjoy a few days off, we can agree that this is the season of giving. Before you fret over decorations or fill the stockings with care, let’s think about those in our community that needs our help. What is #GivingTuesday?  This event was created by Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact. “#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of […]

Minneapolis’ “Wall of Forgotten Natives”

Thanksgiving is here! For many, this means family gatherings, basting turkeys, and watching football. Thanksgiving is a beautiful occasion for loved ones to come together and remember why we have this holiday in the first place. This holiday was established to remember the peaceful gathering of the early settlers and Native Americans, although historically it’s not that simple. Relations between colonists and Natives were usually met with violence, hate, and often death. For hundreds of years, colonists have been taking land and resources away from Native Americans, and this pattern has continued to this day.That’s why we thought it would […]

Charity Spotlight: Corral Riding

DoTopia was created to support and empower organizations everywhere to make the world a better place. By utilizing DoDollars, our DoTopians give to the 501(c)(3) organizations they are passionate about (have we mentioned there are over 1.6 million to choose from?) to grow and thrive. We are thrilled to highlight an organization, CORRAL, who has received funds via DoDollars. We love hearing stories from our charity partners. After all, it is the reason we do what we do. CORRAL is a Christian non-profit where girls in high risk situations experience healing and transformational life change with rescued horses and a […]

DoTopia’s Non-Profit of the Week: House of Charity

DoTopia is eager to introduce our non-profit of the week, House of Charity! House of Charity is a Minneapolis based non-profit that provides residency, food, and other vital resources to those experiencing homelessness. We spoke with Anna Cisewski, House of Charity’s Fund Development and Communications Assistant to learn more about this cause. House of Charity was founded in the 1950s and focuses on helping people experiencing homelessness one person at a time. Everyone is different, and so everyone’s process will be different. House of Charity specializes in four resources: housing, public meals, recovery, and public showers. Housing and Residency According […]

Charity Spotlight: AdoptAClassroom.org

We can almost hear the bell in the distance as students across the country head back to school. Though most teachers appreciate time off during their summer breaks, more frequently than not, educators spend a lot of their “time off” planning for the year ahead by preparing their classrooms and buying school supplies for eager young learners (if only all students shared this sentiment…). Regardless of political affiliation, most would agree that teachers should make more money. Behavior issues, family problems, and diverse learning styles require teachers to wear many hats without a salary to match. If you do not […]

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